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Noelle Brown

Noelle Brown has 4 articles published.

is a writer and publicist who has put more miles on her car than she cares to admit. After rubbing elbows with big shots and little shots in Los Angeles she has come home to Connecticut. She confesses that she hadn’t read Marquez’s work before she met him but has since become a huge fan and wishes she had asked him to sign a book.

Remembering Muhammad Ali: My Brush with ‘The Greatest’

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Millions of people around the world were saddened last week to learn of the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. While news reports surfaced earlier in the week of his failing health, the announcement that he died was still a hard blow. Though I have never seen him box nor do I follow the sport, I certainly knew who Muhammad Ali was through his media interviews, good deeds and charity work. So it was a surprise that I had the chance to meet “The Great One,” at the LA Convention Center in March of 1994. I had always wanted to run a marathon and for several months I trained at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with a friend. The weekend…

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Spiritual Mentor Barb Schmidt Can Help You Achieve Mindfulness

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We’re told that mindfulness means living in the moment and truly taking in every experience—but how do we achieve mindfulness? Barb Schmidt, spiritual mentor, philanthropist and author of the bestselling book, The Practice (HCI, 2014), knows what it means to be happy. For many years, Schmidt fell into the trap that “happiness” meant having money, power and possessions. It wasn’t until she dealt with her eating disorder and learned to live mindfully that she found true happiness in life. For more on how she achieved this and tips on practicing mindfulness, read her story at NextAvenue.

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It’s National Dog Day! Celebrate with a book for you and a bath for him–or her

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Ahh….it’s August. The dog days of summer are finally here. While you may be thinking of barbecues, beaches and sunny days, August 26 is National Dog Day! According to the American Pet Products Association, in 2012 more than 83 million dogs are pets. Americans spend $50 billion annually taking care of the furry companion. Any dog owner will tell you flat out that their dog isn’t simply a pet, but a family member. Proud pet parents love their “fur kids” more than anything in the world, and sometimes, even more than their relatives. But what makes dogs so remarkable and why do we feel such incredible affection for our four legged friends? Dogs are amazing. They ask for nothing and…

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The night I danced with Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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I’ll never forget the night I danced with the late, great Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In 1989, I set off across country to drive to Los Angeles with the idea that I would start my career in the City of Angels. Along the way I stopped in Park City Utah and was lucky enough to be hired as an intern at the Sundance Institute. During the summer the Sundance Institute holds workshops and that year they had slotted in a special workshop with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you   remember it. –Gabriel Garcia Marquez I had the important duty of checking off names when people came…

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